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Distance Learning for Online College: Cite your sources

A guide to library services and resources for Online College students

Citation Management Tools

Tips and Guidelines

Always use citations when:

  • quoting directly from a source
  • including statistics or other factual information
  • paraphrasing or summarizing an author's main idea

For more tips, see this guide from Duke University Libraries.

Is this a good source?

The CRAAP Test is a list of questions (developed at Meriam Library at California State University, Chico) to help you analyze the validity of a source.  Here is a short list of things to look for to see if your information source passes the CRAAP test:

CRAAP Test graphic

Here's the original:

Citation Help video

This video shows you how to find citation information in the GIL-Find catalog and in several research databases, including citation formatting tools.  It demonstrates how to translate that information into a citation.


Online Citation Guides

MLA 7 Style handouts

APA Style Handouts